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Will the coronavirus close useless colleges and limit ridiculous college study programs?

Students could once again be taught how to think, not what to think.

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These are interesting times, as the Chinese axiom ironically warns against. There will be, in many respects, a culling of herds. That may sound harsh, but it is a natural consequence of an event of this magnitude.

Some of the results will be tragic and are to be mourned. But, what about the positive reappraisals of matters that for a long time have been tolerated under the guise of PC education. Which, of course, is in reality indoctrination.

As has been pointed out by analysts including Tucker Carlson, there are some colleges and academic programs that will take massive economic hits because of this virus. Two of my children, one of them a college sophomore, are now studying at home because their schools are physically closed. Thank God both are fine lasses and studying real world subjects. However, if private colleges, and perhaps some public institutions, are culled from the viable list because of the virus, is it such a bad thing? No.

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For far too long this nation has subsidized, through student loans and other goodies to colleges, a system that rewards intellectual complacency and academic absurdities. Students leave colleges with massive amounts of debt and end up at jobs far below the economic level they expected and in employment that has nothing to do with what they studied. After all, nobody wants to hear about the patriarchy at a Burger King drive-up window.

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If certain colleges were to go under and/or be economically forced by the effects of the virus to recalibrate their studies to more practical subjects, the nation would be better off and education, not leftist propaganda, could make a resurgence in America. Students could once again be taught how to think, not what to think. And I say this as a former college instructor.

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Some students would also perhaps realize that college is not for them and enter the far more immediately lucrative field of the building trades or other vocational areas where the emphasis is on real world experience and training, not on ivory tower pontification.

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As in any crisis, after the event shakes out there will be some positive aspects. This could be one that would make American post-secondary education a much better system for students and improve the quality of society in general.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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